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Hunger strike goes on; MPs call for inquiry

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MPs John John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn take the fight to parliament Home Office admits 20 women still refusing food Denise McNeil has now spent 17 days in segregation 4 of the hunger strikers remain in prison with out any charges 2 short films Early Day Motion in Parliament: EDM 919: Hunger Strike At Yarl’s […]

'Fast Track' Asylum system fails women

Accelerated Asylum Procedure Unsuited to Complex Claims Human Rights Watch, February 23, 2010 The ‘detained fast track’ system doesn’t meet even the basic standards of fairness. It is simply not equipped to handle rape, slavery, the threat of ‘honor killings,’ or other complex claims, and yet such cases are handed to it regularly.” Gauri van […]

Yarl's Wood hunger strikers under threat of deportation

Message from Black Women’s Rape Action Project 21 February 2010 WOMEN HUNGER STRIKERS UNDER THREAT OF DEPORTATION Over 22 women are still on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre. Five are on suicide watch and one has been taken to health care after self-harming.  At least eight women have been threatened with removal since […]

Demo In Solidarity With Yarl’s Wood Hunger Strikers

Wednesday 17th February 6:30 pm-7:30 pm Outside Holloway Prison Parkhurst Road, London, N7 0NU (Nearest tube Caledonian Road, turn left out of station up Caledonian road, turn left up Hillmarton Road, walk to top, HMP Holloway, straight ahead) We are calling for the immediate release of the “Yarls Wood 4” and all the other women […]

Yarl’s Wood: women tell of squalid conditions

Hunger strikers at immigration centre tell of squalid conditions ‘We are not criminals; we are ordinary people who are being locked up and threatened’, says hunger striker at Yarl’s Wood Afua Hirsch and Matthew Taylor,, Friday 12 February 2010 Pressure is mounting for an inquiry after female hunger strikers at Yarl’s Wood described squalid […]

Yarl's Wood women vow to continue hunger strike

Women in Yarl’s Wood vow to stay on hunger strike until they are released Statement From: Black Women’s Rape Action Project We have spoken to over 50 women in the last few days and they all have a compelling case to be released: their continued detention is either inhumane or contravenes Home Office rules. Some […]

Yarls Wood: hunger striker speaks out

Statement from one of the ladies on hunger strike at Yarl’s wood immigration detention center. We are protesting about the condition at the center and the length of time we spend in here. The treatment received at this peaceful protest: I have been traumatised and victimised because of this experience. I can never believe this can happen in the UK and I am still in shock.

Defend the Yarl's Wood Four

[Hunger Strike is still strong, 68 women refusing food as of yesterday 10 February] No to imprisonment, immediate return to Yarl’s Wood Aminata Camara     from   Guinea Sheree Wilson         from     Jamaica Shellyann Stupart   from  Jamaica Gladys  Obiyan         from      Nigeria Aminata, Sheree, Shellyann, and Gladys, were resident in Yarl’s Wood IRC on Monday, when an absolute and […]

Yarl's Wood: House of Commons debate

Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre House of Commons / 10 Feb 2010 : Column 1006 It was built on a deceit. Terrified by the rise in the number of asylum applications resulting from changes in policy in 1997, the Government needed to react to growing public concern prior to the general election of 2001. The […]

Yarl's Wood: 68 Women still refusing food

Students and campaigners commenced a solidarity hunger strike at the London Offices of Serco this morning, Wednesday 10 February Demo in solidarity with Yarl’s Wood Women Friday 12th February 2010 at 2:30 pm Serco’s offices 18-22 Hand Court (off High Holborn) London WC1V 6JF London Detainee Solidarity Network have called for a demo this Friday […]